G. The responsibility is mine.IV. These wages are "death," and are invariably paid.II. God gives it to us through Jesus Christ, not in an arbitrary manner, but on the ground of what He has done and suffered in our stead.2. (b) The sin of our external actions, theft, murder, uncleanness; and to prove which to be sins, no more is required but only to read over the law of God, and where the written letter of the law comes not, men are "a law to themselves. Even the Christian cannot fall into sin without its being poison to him. The institution of society comes to us a grant from the past. I have seen homes of princely wealth which were but brilliantly garnished sepulchres, their luxury a solemn mockery; and I have seen homes of poverty full of the joy of God, the peace of the eternal life begun. In every sin which a man deliberately commits, he takes down a draught of deadly poison. (2) To these we may subjoin the miseries which attend our condition; as the shame which makes men a scorn to others and a burden to themselves; which takes off the gloss and air of all other enjoyments, and damps the vigour and vivacity of the spirit. But original corruption in every infant is voluntary, not indeed in his own person, but in Adam his representative. 21). (2) And it begins well. DEATH.1. The law, though in principle always one, has nevertheless many particular precepts, and is outraged by the violation of any of those precepts. Whence has this growth come? Poverty and riches, slavery and freedom, darkness and light; but no contrast is so forcible as that between death and life.I. But death here is placed in contrast to "eternal life," and means eternal death. Death is sin's due reward, and it must be paid. Is there no preference? Its nature. (b) The sin of our external actions, theft, murder, uncleanness; and to prove which to be sins, no more is required but only to read over the law of God, and where the written letter of the law comes not, men are "a law to themselves. Where these exist, the soul lives, fulfils its proper functions, answers the ends of its creation, and realises its most true and noble bliss. And undoubtedly the service of sin is of all others the most laborious. For as soon as the heart has once conceived this fatal seed, it first quickens and begins to stir in desire; so that the ground and the principal prohibition of the law is, "Thou shalt not covet." Go where you please you find his liveried servants. Go where you please you find his liveried servants. And yet after all this is nothing. THE MEDIUM OF ITS BESTOWMENT.1. Turn now to the things which come from God. It was God who said, “In the day that you eat of this tree you will surely die.” It continues throughout the entire Bible to the book of Revelation. The idea of a gift coming to one suddenly and undeserved he does not entertain, except as a fiction, such as may amuse him as a daydream. Fallen man loves sin and dreads death. Service of virtue and truth. G. In three respects heaven is the same to all. When we reach the celestial world, we shall find that there as well as here, Christ is "all in all."(T. Secular papers often make merry about the statement that "scaffold penitents" are received to heaven. Fallen man loves sin and dreads death. It is not the reward of our deserts. Sin would step not only into God's throne, but also into His room. He says, “Him who comes unto Me, I will in no wise cast out” (John 6:37). (2) According to the measure of it; and so also it is distinguished into several degrees, according to which it is either enhanced or lessened in its malignity. Though countless ages roll over his head, he that is unholy must be unholy still; he that is filthy must be filthy still. (2) But we are servants also by voluntary choice. (1) Take the voluptuous, debauched epicure. 2. "(c) The sin of our desires. (Canon Kingsley. (2) In freedom from physical and mental pain and sorrow. Fallen man loves sin and dreads death. It has, if not wages, an exceeding great reward, passing all possible desert. He gives the great inspirations of thought to man, and great deliverance to nations from impending calamity. Dr. Steven J. Lawson is President and founder of OnePassion Ministries, a ministry designed to equip biblical expositors to bring about a new reformation in the church. IN WHAT RESPECT DEATH IS PROPERLY CALLED "THE WAGES OF SIN."1. Gratitude for God's gift impels every touch of the heavenly harp. IS INCREASINGLY GLORIOUS FOREVER. In all these there is that feeling of reward expected, because it has been earned. THE SECRET OF PEACE, in simply accepting this Divine gift from the source of infinite compassion and grace. One day he said to me, "Moody, whilst you are my guest, I want you to make yourself perfectly happy, and if there is anything in the orchard or in the vineyard you would like, help yourself." It admits of degrees; the more it prevails, the more it grows, and the commission of sin inevitably paves the way for the perpetration of many more; and the final stage is reached when the conscience is seared as with a hot iron, proof against every appeal, and resolutely bent on his own eternal destruction.2. It is false to conceive of the Christian life as a joyless way of self-denial trod by us to purchase a bliss beyond.II. This life consists of —(1) A right state of affection and feeling toward God, the Father of our spirits, combined with a happy consciousness of His love and favour toward us. We must not take it as the separation of the soul from the body, for that is rather the consummation of death, the last blow given to the falling tree. So we do not receive eternal life unless the conditions are accepted with which God invests His gift — humble penitence for sin and faith in Christ. Endless improvement.II. What I have as the consequence of my sin, either here or hereafter, I have earned, and must have. This He has done from the impulse of His own amazing generosity and love.III. Horton. Pelagians, indeed, tell us that the sons of Adam came to be sinners only by imitation. It cannot be purchased.2. Thus we see how many of the things which we enjoy have come to us as gifts. And this is the ne plus ultra of impiety, which shuts the door of mercy and seals the decree of damnation, Now this differs from original sin thus, that that is properly the seed, this the harvest; that merits, this actually procures death. Is he not continually spending both his time and his subsistence to gratify his taste? Man may continue to believe in the existence of God, but for all practical purposes God to him is really non-existent. Both good works and good feelings are the fruit of the heavenly life which enters the heart, and make us conscious of its entrance by working in us repentance and faith in Christ. The life of the present is an undeserved gift. (4) To create in us that holiness of heart and life which makes us "meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light. A snail is happy, I answer, so is a lark. God says, "There is My Son." In every lust which he cherishes, he embraces a dagger and opens his bosom to destruction, he who likes the wages, let him go about the work.(R. (3) To secure our adoption into God's family, which entitles to this eternal life. It is by being found in Him that we have pardon and holiness, happiness and heaven. H. Spurgeon.I. Before we commit any acts of sin, and as the source of all we do commit, we have a sinful nature — a bias to go and to do wrong. A life of —1. G. Here is the gift of eternal life. Horton. (2) To deliver us from a state of moral death. This wage of sin is in part received by men now as soldiers receive their rations, day by day. HARD WORK AND BAD PAY.1. Self-control, self-denial, self-sacrifice. (a) The sin of our words (Matthew 12:37). Perpetual freedom from all these is a common blessing to all.3. This was their debt to justice, their debt to society, and the criminal would not be let out of prison until the entire debt has been paid. Conclusion: Sin plays the bait of a little, contemptible, silly pleasure or profit; but it hides that fatal hook by which that great catcher of souls shall drag them down to his eternal execution. (c)Continuing till — eternity.(J. Fire came out of heaven and God consumed the entire city, and it is now buried under the Dead Sea. Sin is its element and vital air. IS NOT WHOLLY IN THE FUTURE WORLD. Life, eternal life, and life everlasting, are very frequent designations of the salvation of the gospel (John 17:1, 2). (3) Honour and happiness, the enjoyment of true pleasure, derived from the purest sources of holiness, and love, and fellowship with heaven. It is life in Jesus. G. He took all of our sin, laid it upon Christ, and nailed the certificate of debt to the cross. We should, however, do great injustice to this subject, were we not to observe that Christ died —(1) To procure our pardon, in consequence of which the sentence of the law is reversed, and believers freed from that death to which their crimes had exposed them. Its origin. This we received from those to whom it came as an inspiration of Providence, and an operation of intelligent, unwearied power. "Sin is the transgression of the law." It will be the folly of follies to go on working for such a wage. South, D. D.I. (1) In freedom from sin. (2) The intemperate drinker; is not his life a continual toil? Then choose ye this day whom ye will serve. The wicked are turned into hell by a just and holy God; and the same reasons which send them there must avail to keep them there. "The wages of sin is death." Eternal life, however, is the best gift of God. The miser is a lump of incarnate misery. This we received from those to whom it came as an inspiration of Providence, and an operation of intelligent, unwearied power. Scripture: Romans 6:23. "The wages of sin is death; the gift of God is eternal life." It gives the melody to every song, and joy to all the work of heaven.(R. THE MEDIUM OF ITS BESTOWMENT.1. We are keen on "the wages question" in matters material; much more ought we to be in matters moral. (2) Eternal life. I may, as I may put aside sunshine itself, by shutting my eyes to it. What a miracle, then, when the Divine life comes streaming down into the dead heart I What a blessedness when God interposes and finds a way by which the wage most justly due shall not be paid!II. It is the destruction of bodily death; for it secures to the glorified body and soul an everlasting home in God's presence, where is fulness of joy and pleasure for evermore. He that hath the Son hath life. What a contrast between one who is a single remove from a laughing idiot, and an angel of God! S. Storrs, D. D.1. )Eternal lifeProf. (1) It bereaves a man of all the pleasures and comforts which he enjoyed in this world. (b) The sin of our external actions, theft, murder, uncleanness; and to prove which to be sins, no more is required but only to read over the law of God, and where the written letter of the law comes not, men are "a law to themselves. Hitherto they that have worked for sin have found no profit in it (ver. Sin has this mischief about it, that it strikes a man with spiritual paralysis, and how can such a palsied one ward off a further blow? The possibilities of the soul are beyond conception. (2) In freedom from physical and mental pain and sorrow. Find Romans 6:23 Sermon Illustrations, browse preaching ideas and sermon stories on Romans 6:23 (2) And death deserved. It is but equitable that he who sows should also reap (Galatians 6:8). Yet the death he dreads is the inevitable consequence of the sin he loves. (4) Inasmuch as in holy things dwells our highest happiness, the sinner becomes an unhappy being; at first by deprivation of the joy which spiritual life brings with it, and afterwards by suffering the misery of spiritual death (Romans 2:9).2. Death is sin's due reward, and it must be paid. Endless improvement.II. But, then, what are those first inclinations which dispose us to such bad imitations? Even the Christian cannot fall into sin without its being poison to him. THE MEDIUM THROUGH WHICH IT FLOWS.1. And let us learn not to look at anything in ourselves to justify our expectation of it: and let us not, when we find nothing but demerit in ourselves, be disheartened, but believe that when we were fit only for everlasting punishment, God stepped forward to grant unto us eternal life. Harlots and murderers, washed in the cleansing blood, are as free from defilement as angels. Heaven is not a sea of bliss in which each of us is to float in equal content. Its nature. Satisfaction comes from what we are, and not from what we get. It is necessary for the very standing of the universe that sin should be punished. There is not a drop of grace outside of the Lord Jesus Christ. The parallel in natural life is the same. Now all these things are so many breaches made upon our happiness and well-being, without which life is not life, but a thin, insipid existence.2. Hate it, not Him!2. Being committed against an infinite majesty, it rises to the height of an infinite demerit. But it is a gift that comes only on certain conditions. Social happiness.4. There are some who deny this to be properly sin at all, because nothing can be truly sin which is not voluntary. DEATH.1. Spiritual death. There is a short radius to a child's circumference of happiness. (2) Why should any creature throw off God's authority and govern himself? He will give to any, but barter with none.2. The wrath of God abideth on him that believeth not on the Son of God; it is there already.6. "She that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth." How will the drunkard, the epicure, and the wanton bear the absence of those things that alone used to please their fancy and to gratify their lust! H. Spurgeon.I. Preeminent intellectual enjoyment — "Here we know in part," etc.3. Where this life is, there is freedom from guilt. (1) At the first, life was the gift of God. Will be paid in full. Harlots and murderers, washed in the cleansing blood, are as free from defilement as angels. Thus we see how many of the things which we enjoy have come to us as gifts. Bate.). ITS GRATUITOUS CHARACTER.1. Before He could obtain life for us, He must taste death for every man (Hebrews 2:9). There are sins of deed, of speech, of deportment, of looks, of motive, desire, imagination, thought, of negation, and omission. (3) Christ is also the fountain that contains this life. Freedom and gladness come from other gifts, but here is the supreme one of all. Now, if sin did not entail death and misery, it would be an injustice. Sin is set forth under three aspects.1. (b)Begun to us when we grasped it. But then a Roman soldier did not enlist merely for his rations; his chief pay often lay in the share of the booty which he received at the end of the war. Bate.). It gives the melody to every song, and joy to all the work of heaven.(R. They come, not because we deserve them. The realisation of it dispels our sorrows and forbids our tears.V. After clicking 'Register', you will receive an email with a link to verify your account and to complete your registration. Death temporal. S. Storrs, D. D.1. He should be paid exactly what he deserves. Your sins are killing you by inches; all day long they are sowing in you the seeds of disease and death. See for what wages you are working; part are being paid now, but immense arrears are being treasured up in the future. The faculties of mind, all opportunities for enjoyment, and all inspirations of thought and effort — these are not earned by us. Incessant activity.6. A master employs a man, and it is due to that man that he should receive his wages. it is for death.(T. How will the drunkard, the epicure, and the wanton bear the absence of those things that alone used to please their fancy and to gratify their lust! Is he not continually spending both his time and his subsistence to gratify his taste? 3. "(5) To communicate that grace which enables us to lay hold on eternal life.(J. This connection is —1. Incessant activity.6. G. Horton.I. (2) A renewed state of the affections and will: the law of God is approved, and the love of God is established in the heart, as its supreme and governing motive. God gives the sunshine and the shower. And more than all is one surprised to find that he is the recipient of such a gift from one unknown, or one to whom he has stood in the relation of neglect, perhaps of hostility.2. 1. Who are the servants who receive the pay? Life can only be restored to us in grace. "(b) Sin strikes at God's very being (Psalm 14:1). Pelagians, indeed, tell us that the sons of Adam came to be sinners only by imitation. So we do not receive inspiration from any great mind, except as we bring our mind into responsiveness to it. These may be the wages that improved faculties would add — the reward of an approving conscience, of a sense of usefulness — perhaps a sense of increased influence for good, by reason of that which has been faithfully and unselfishly done; or in the very highest possible service of philosophic endeavour or Christian duty. Trifle not with the body. His workshop is the world. (2) And death deserved. (2) Moreover, we have life eternal, too, never ending.3. Now, God's law seeks the greatest good of all; and therefore, to set it at nought for the sake of personal indulgence, is to violate the principle of benevolence. Death temporal. So, if a man should say, "I expect only that which I have earned, and demand only that which I have deserved and have properly acquired," and should that prayer be answered, he would, today, be a beggared savage. It is true that grace does save such. But then a Roman soldier did not enlist merely for his rations; his chief pay often lay in the share of the booty which he received at the end of the war. You have only to study the human mind, its laws of association and of working, to be convinced that sin, when it is finished, must bring forth death.2. )Hard work and bad pay; no work and rich rewardA. Those who die in unbelief will reap the wages due from a lifetime of sin. The soul of the Christian who thus views it grows restless and troubled, like Galilee's waves, till the feet of the Lord brought them to a level. (3) It fills both body and soul with anguish (Luke 16:24).III. If we have accepted it let us abide in it. He goes from bad to worse, until at last every sinful pleasure has in its turn been tried, and in its turn grown tame. (4) They belong to all ages. (2)To those who do not want to earn it, for they have yielded themselves to another service. Everything that comes to us from the past is a gift. Turn now to the things which come from God. There will be no anxiety, distrust; no pang or grief. Sin is its element and vital air. The quiet of the home he terms slow, so he launches into a whirlpool of dissipation, and singing "Begone, dull care." Say, “To remind ourselves why we give gifts to others, search for your group’s pieces and put together Romans 6:23. And as ordinary life in its fulness involves freedom from pain and sickness, and a vigorous activity, so spiritual life, when fully realized, implies peace of mind and the power to do right. The ear of one is satisfied with a rude melody; another man is thrilled to the depths of his being by delicious harmonies. De Witt Talmage. 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